8 Things I Learned on Adrian Underhill’s ‘From Pronunciation to Storytelling…’ Course

I’m just back home in Riga after a fortnight at Bell Teacher Campus, Cambridge, where I took the ‘From pronunciation to storytelling: a complete approach to comfortable intelligibility’ course with Adrian Underhill along with 13 others from around the world. Other teacher courses were running at the same time, and our 21 weekly core course hours were supplemented with other workshops, talks and plenaries with other ELT dons … Continue reading 8 Things I Learned on Adrian Underhill’s ‘From Pronunciation to Storytelling…’ Course

Creative ELT Uses of Simple Tech (webinar, 30th June 2017)

Below are my slides and a brief(-ish) write up of what I spoke about at the xtern.ru’s International Online Summer School for English Teachers on 30th June. Always pleased to be involved in these webinar events – great way to share ideas and experiences without the added time and expense of travelling to conferences. James webinar elt tech june17 from James Egerton Tech is of … Continue reading Creative ELT Uses of Simple Tech (webinar, 30th June 2017)

Implementing Mindset Theory in the Classroom and the Staff Room

Implementing Mindset Theory in the Classroom and the Staff Room from James Egerton Notes (slide number in brackets) from IH Online Conference webinar, 19th May 2017. WHAT? (3) Mindset is a simple idea discovered by world-renowned Stanford University psychology professor Carol Dweck. Result of decades of research on achievement and success. (4) Summary of the key characteristics of growth and fixed mindset. I will refer … Continue reading Implementing Mindset Theory in the Classroom and the Staff Room

3 Ways to Beat Exam* Anxiety

*Also applicable to other high anxiety situations: marathon, job interview, first date etc. It’s prime exam season, and the mind must be in tune with the brain for results to reflect knowledge. But psychology is not yet mainstream in teaching and teacher training. We teachers are big on the ‘what’ (i.e. knowledge), and at best skim over the ‘how’. This should change on a global scale, but I’ll … Continue reading 3 Ways to Beat Exam* Anxiety

Exam Prep Meets Reality: Dear Mayor Bernabéu…

During my “Making Writing Real” webinar presentation at the SkyEng online conference in March, I discussed five ideas to make writing in lessons a more motivating activity by writing for an external audience (not just the teacher!) and doing useful, everyday tasks. I received several comments in the live chat box that this philosophy is all well and good, but it can’t apply to exam classes. … Continue reading Exam Prep Meets Reality: Dear Mayor Bernabéu…

Easter Resurrection/Learner Feedback → Learner Progress with Edurio (II)

Student centred vs. teacher weakness. Hearing this presented as a conflict always leaves me with my head in my hands, as it smacks of a lack of teacher self-confidence at learners’ expense. As well as using intuition, observation and test scores, there is a very simple way to find out what students want from a course and how they feel about certain aspects: ASK THEM DIRECTLY. The customer … Continue reading Easter Resurrection/Learner Feedback → Learner Progress with Edurio (II)

How to Become a Teacherpreneur – Q&A with Marina Kladova

  I met Marina at the 6-week Delta Module 2 course in London back in summer 2015, and we’ve kept in regular contact since. Having been an active advocate of teacherpreneurship over the last few months, presenting two webinars in February and starting up a teacherpreneurs Facebook group, she gave a presentation about teacherpreneurship at the 2017 IATEFL Conference in Glasgow last Thursday (the link … Continue reading How to Become a Teacherpreneur – Q&A with Marina Kladova

Horsham School Search

Practising what I preached at the Skyteach webinar conference a fortnight ago about making writing real… A few weeks ago I took over a class of low-int 10-11 year olds who are pretty errrm…energetic and fidgety (90 minutes last a while!) On our voyage through Islands 5, the topic of school came around, and using the IH Riga computers, they each researched one of the four … Continue reading Horsham School Search

10 things I Learned at IH Toruń, Poland.

Excuse anything delirious. It’s 6.30am, I’ve slept for 3 hours, but like any conference worth its salt, IH Toruń’s International Teacher Training Day has pumped up my enthusiasm and I’m writing this on the train to Warsaw before flying back to Riga. There are a lot of new ideas buzzing around in my head like flies. I need to swat some onto paper (screen) before they fly … Continue reading 10 things I Learned at IH Toruń, Poland.